Mar 12, 2014

Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, New from R.C. Sproul and Reformation Trust

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Theology for the Rest of Us

Many people react negatively to the word theology, believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible's varied teachings together in a systematic fashion, using proper, time-tested methods of interpretation so as to arrive at a theology that is founded on truth.

That is precisely what Dr. Sproul does in Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology. This book is anything but a dry discussion of minute points of doctrine. Dr. Sproul, demonstrating his trademark ability to make complex subjects easy to understand, surveys the basic truths of the Christian faith, reminding us once more of what God is like and of what He has done for His people in this world and the next.

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"For a long time I have recommended to students Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine as a reliable and succinct source of Reformed systematic theology. It is still very useful, but I suspect I shall now be recommending Sproul's Everyone's a Theologian more than anything else in this category."

—Douglas F. Kelly
Professor of Systematic Theology
Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina

"This is a tremendously valuable resource for everyone from the newest believer to the most seasoned pastor. It is quite true that we are all theologians. Dr. Sproul helps us all be better theologians."

—John MacArthur
Pastor, Grace Community Church
President, The Master’s College and Seminary

"Do you need to be a theologian to read this book? Of course. But that's the point of the title: you are—the real question is whether you are a good one or not! So, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest Everyone's a Theologian. By the time you are finished you will almost certainly be a healthier and happier one."

—Sinclair Ferguson
Professor of Systematic Theology
Redeemer Seminary, Dallas

"Whether you want to learn more about what makes the Bible different, who God is, why Christ died, how the Holy Spirit works in a person's soul, or what happens on judgment day, in these pages you will find clear answers from a wise teacher."

—Joel Beeke
President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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An Overview of Everyone's a Theologian

Part One: Introduction

  • What Is Theology?
  • The Scope and Purpose of Theology
  • General Revelation and Natural Theology
  • Special Revelation
  • The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture
  • Infallibility and Inerrancy
  • Canonicity
  • Scripture and Authority

Part Two: Theology Proper

  • Knowledge of God
  • One in Essence
  • Three in Person
  • Incommunicable Attributes
  • Communicable Attributes
  • The Will of God
  • Providence

Part Three: Anthropology and Creation

  • Creatio Ex Nihilo
  • Angels and Demons
  • The Creation of Man
  • The Nature of Sin
  • Original Sin
  • Transmission of Sin
  • The Covenants

Part Four: Christology

  • The Christ of the Bible
  • One Person, Two Natures
  • The Names of Christ
  • The States of Christ
  • The Offices of Christ
  • Why Did Christ Die?
  • Substitutionary Atonement
  • The Extent of the Atonement.

Part Five: Pneumatology

  • The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
  • The Holy Spirit in the New Testament
  • The Paraclete
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • The Gifts of the Spirit
  • The Fruit of the Spirit
  • Are Miracles for Today?

Part Six: Soteriology

  • Common Grace
  • Election and Reprobation
  • Effectual Calling
  • Justification by Faith Alone
  • Saving Faith
  • Adoption and Union with Christ
  • Sanctification
  • Perseverance of the Saints

Part Seven: Ecclesiology

  • Biblical Images of the Church
  • The Church: One and Holy
  • The Church: Catholic and Apostolic
  • Worship in the Church
  • The Sacraments of the Church
  • Baptism
  • The Lord's Supper

Part Eight: Eschatology

  • Death and the Intermediate State
  • The Resurrection
  • The Kingdom of God
  • The Millennium
  • The Return of Christ
  • The Final Judgment
  • Eternal Punishment
  • Heaven and Earth Made New

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R.C. SproulR.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He also serves as co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla. Dr. Sproul has written more than ninety books, including Everyone's a Theologian, Are We Together?, and commentaries on Matthew, Mark, John, Acts, Romans, and 1—2 Peter in the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series.